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Report shows oil, gas industry in decline in New Mexico

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Response to New Mexico oil, gas industry Oct. 20 outlook report

“For too long New Mexico has been whipsawed by volatile oil and natural gas markets that our policymakers have no power to control. Once again low oil and gas prices are causing shortfalls in dollars needed in the state budget for our schools, public safety...

Factory doors open virtually for Manufacturing Day

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When students from University High and Early College High schools toured Roswell manufacturer AerSale in Oct. 2019, it was the first time many of them had seen an Airbus jetliner, let alone boarded an aircraft.

Students viewed the jet’s cockpit, talked with maintenance professionals and learned about careers in the aviation industry, including high-paying jobs then available at AerSale, which specializes in the sale, lease and exchange of used aircraft, engines and components and offers a broad range of engineering services to commercial aircraft companies.

The students’ visit was part of Manufacturing Day, a month-long national effort to introduce teenagers and young adults to...

Your vote shapes our judiciary

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Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), may have said it best: “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

This fall, you can have a voice in shaping New Mexico’s judiciary by voting whether or not to retain one New Mexico Court of Appeals judge and six district court judges in the Eleventh Judicial District, which includes Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

In New Mexico, judges must first run in and win a partisan election, whether they have been appointed to their position or are running for the position in the election. Once a judge is elected (except for magistrate judges), they stand for retention in all future...

Support UNM-Gallup with your vote on GO Bond C

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GALLUP— During the upcoming general election, community members and voters in our area will have the opportunity to support UNM-Gallup and higher education with their vote on the General Election Bond (GO Bond) C on Nov. 3. As chancellor of UNM-Gallup, I’d like to outline the benefits contained in GO Bond C and why this bond is deserving of your support.

First and foremost, our students need and deserve high-quality learning environments. GO Bond C will provide funds to accomplish this goal with no increase in taxes—as verified by the New Mexico State Department of Finance and Administration. This bond is also estimated to result in around 1,500 jobs statewide including here in...

The big fake out: Constitutional Amendment 1

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At the top of the state initiatives section of your ballot this November you will see Constitutional Amendment 1. It seems straightforward enough. It reads like a ho-hum good government measure. Unfortunately, the ballot description of Amendment 1 deliberately conceals its real purpose - taking away your vote.

The ballot summary reads “amend the Constitution of New Mexico to provide that the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) consist of three members appointed by the Governor from a list of professionally qualified nominees.” It fails to tell you that the current commission consists of five members elected by the general public.  Would it be that hard to include this bit of...

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